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English as a Second Language (ESL)

“Your Fresh Start Begins Now!!”

ESL classes are available for any adult learners who want to increase their English listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. English literacy classes help students improve their daily communication skills, assist with employment or advancement at work, and build confidence to pursue further education.  ESL classes take place at the Algona, Estherville, and Spencer Campuses.

Anyone 16 years and 9 months of age or older can attend AEL classes. Students who are of high school age, must complete a Request for Admission to Test/Age Waiver for High School Equivalency Diploma Form. This document requires signatures from the student, their parent, and the school district’s administrator and verifies the student is not enrolled at the high school. This form must be completed and returned prior to any pre-assessment testing and enrollment into the AEL Program. No one can be enrolled in both the AEL Program and high school at the same time.

To begin and remain in the Adult Education & Literacy Program students must:

  1. Attend an orientation session with an ESL instructor. 
  2. If applicable, complete and return the required Request for Admission to Test/Age Waiver for High School Equivalency Diploma form – with required signatures.
  3. Complete an application.
  4. Take Listening and Reading pre-test assessments to determine academic skill level.
  5. Attend and complete direct instruction classes with our qualified teachers. 

Classes are offered through a variety of formats and lengths. These include:

  1. ESL Classroom – pre-test assessments determine academic level and which class will be most beneficial to the student; Beginning I, Beginning II, Intermediate, or Advanced. Students can attend classes at the Algona, Estherville, or Spencer campuses. Class schedules fluctuate throughout the year but are generally 12-16 week sessions. Attendance is mandatory in order to remain in the AEL Program.
  2. Online – BurlingtonEnglish is available for students to improve their literacy skills at home using their own computers or cell phones. ESL students can also utilize BurlingtonEnglish at any campus location in Algona, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Spencer, and Spirit Lake. This option is beneficial for students who have transportation, work schedule, family, or health issues preventing them from attending face-to-face classes. ESL Instructors communicate and monitor online progress. Students must work daily in BurlingtonEnglish in order to remain in the AEL Program. **All assessment and exams must be completed at an Iowa Lakes’ campus.**

***Classes are FREE to all Adult Education & Literacy students.***

Helpful Links and Articles: 
http://www.usalearns.org  
http://www.newsforyouonline.com  
Pumarosa (Spanish): http://www.pumarosa.com
ESL citizenship resources for teachers 
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: https://www.uscis.gov​​​​
http://www.gcflearnfree.org
http://www.duolingo.com

 

 Spencer ESL Students with their Conversation Partners
Spencer ESL Students with their Conversation Partners

Spencer ESL Students with their Conversation Partners
Spencer ESL Students with their Conversation Partners

Spencer ESL Students with their Conversation Partners
Spencer ESL Students with their Conversation Partners

Estherville ESL Students with Instructor Glenda Rogers
Estherville ESL Students

Estherville ESL Students with Instructor Glenda Rogers
Estherville ESL Students

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